Contemplating.

Contemplating.
Wayzata, Minnesota

Friday, February 13, 2015

Not Saying I Don't


Not saying I don't know, there are over a zillion, truly worthy places begging to be captured close to home.   I hope you enjoy a few of my pictures from last weekend.



Welcome to the streets of Winona, Minnesota.  Winona, was named after Princess We-Noh-Nah, daughter of Chief Wa-pa-shaw.


Not to mention all the Randomness of art placed around our neighboring towns adding to the already existing charm of historic buildings.


Did I mention Minnesota has picturesque bluffs?  Even during winter they have a charm of their own.



"All that we have to do is decide what to do with the time given to us." - J. R. R. Tolkien






"A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities." - J.R.R. Tolkien


One of 35 places for worship.  

The Basilica of Saint Stanislaus Kostka



It truly deserves seeing inside as well.







But not everything was in welcoming mode.  About 1 A.M. on this Saturday a raging fire roared in downtown Winona.  Fire investigators were still on the scene when I shot these two photos.



These two pictures below were taken the day after the fire.


Nobody was hurt in the blaze.


"But all the while I sit and think
of times that were before
I listen for returning feet
and voices at the door." - J.R.R. Tolkien

Not sure if the "Mason Jar" will see live faces or ever hear laughter again.




"Darkness must pass, a new day will come, and when the sun shines, it will shine out the clearer," - J.R.R. Tolkien


Still good ice skating!



Under the gritty mud soaked snow lies the beach.




Yes, there are many faces to every piece of art.




You see truthfully, my meandering soul begs to retrace that long old highway that every summer growing up our family would travel all it's worthy way to Florence, Arizona to visit my grandfather.






There still are places nestled along the old Route 66 and I swear this summer we'll track them down.








'I wish life was not so short,' he thought. 'Languages take such a time, and so do all the things one wants to know about.' -  J.R.R. Tolkien - The Lost Road

15 comments:

Cloudia said...

Wonderful song of the open road! Don't forget Winona!

Aloha from Island City 🌴♥☁

JJ said...

Wow, are you good! No matter what I do, my photos always come out lousy. Do you do any photography professionally?

DeniseinVA said...

That is a neat looking town. Great photos and what a fun sculpture. Have a great weekend :)

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Keep on rocking!
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Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Great pictures! I like the bluffs.

Mike @ A Bit About Britain said...

Loved this post. Great photos and an interesting looking place. But - wait: this IS the same Winona in Bob Troup's classic 'Route 66' isn't it!? A classic from my band days - and I still love it. Please don't tell me it's another Winona, it will quite ruin my weekend.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Lots of pictures and ambiance. For some reason, thee Rt 66 Rocker made me think of Young Frankenstein, and the scene when they arrive at the castle. He says, "My, what knockers." and she says, "Well, thank you."

Yes...my mind wanders on Fridays.

TexWisGirl said...

so sorry about the fire. i've been to winona, mn a couple of times as a kid. visiting relatives there. my father's family came from that area before moving to wisconsin.

RedPat said...

A great assortment of pics! Cool sculpture.

Gerald (SK14) said...

like the fascinating artwork round the town

Jeanie said...

I wish I had that wonderful bird woman in my town! It's fabulous. You have wonderful angles and details here Karen. Very nice!

Debbie said...

There have been so many fires this winter at the jersey shore, I don't ever remember so many fires!!

Otherwise, a fun set of images and a beautiful, colorful piece of artwork!!

Filip and Kristel said...

Special art. Like it.

Greetings,
Filip

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

Beautifully thoughtful post. I love it.
I think that Tolkien may have studied Buddha...maybe...seems like it, anyway. Great quotes!

Rob From Amersfoort said...

The famous route 66! Love the multicolored stork (or is it a heron, I'm not a ornithologist). The stork is the symbol of The Hague BTW.